Australian Bureau of Statistics
4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2008
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Although not specifically for Indigenous children, the Australian Government also funds mobile children's services which visit remote areas and provide occasional care, school holiday care, playgroups, story telling, games and toy library services for children and information and support for parents.
Nationally, comprehensive and comparable data on children using child care and preschool services are not available. The development phase of a Children's Services National Minimum Data Set (CSNMDS) has been completed. The final report on the development of the CSNMDS was released in February 2007 and work is currently underway to develop options for its implementation. Since most child care services are supported by the Australian Government, the Census of Child Care Services (previously administered by FaHCSIA) is currently the most comprehensive source of data on Indigenous children attending child care services in Australia. Results from the 2006 Child Care Census are not yet available for reporting. Data from the 2004 Child Care Census are therefore provided.
In 2004, there were 651,044 children using Australian Government supported child care services, of whom 11,971 (1.8%) were Indigenous. Not surprisingly, Indigenous-specific services such as Aboriginal Playgroups and Enrichment Services and Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services had the highest proportions of Indigenous children (88% and 79% respectively). Among mainstream services in 2004, around 10% of children using Mobile and Toy Library Services were Indigenous and 6% of children using Multifunctional Children's Services were Indigenous. Indigenous children represented less than 2% of all children using the remaining service types.
Of all Indigenous children in Australian Government supported child care services, 51% were in long day care centres, 16% were in before/after school care and 9% were in family day care (table 11.1). The corresponding proportions for other Australian children were 59%, 25% and 14% respectively.
Some data are also available on the number of Indigenous children enrolled in state and territory funded and non-government funded preschool services from the annual census conducted by DEEWR. In 2006, there were 4,931 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in state/territory funded preschools in all jurisdictions, excluding Queensland and Victoria (children attending state and territory funded preschools in Queensland and Victoria were excluded from the data collection in 2006), and there were a further 4,344 Indigenous children enrolled in non-government funded preschools in all states and territories.
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